She wore a cream and red dress, while he wore a red turban, in keeping with Sikh traditions.But that morning, 20 uninvited men were determined to put a stop to the wedding.
She not only accepted the Sikh philosophy and culture, but also practiced it sincerely.
However, those who support the disruptions say they are not opposed to interfaith marriages per se, but are only trying to enforce religious guidelines.
In 1950, Sikh scholars and priests in India agreed on a code of conduct, after multiple attempts, to define what it meant to be a Sikh and what obligations should be placed on followers.
In July 2013, a Sikh woman and her Christian husband in Swindon were locked out of their own wedding by 40 protesters, who afterwards posted a gleeful video online of the bride’s mother pleading with them to stop. One of the very few Sikh women willing to speak about her experience, she says: “Our gurdwaras are run by men and the protesters are all men.
When the BBC Asian Network looked into the controversy that year, its reporter met a family who’d had their windows smashed as a warning about an upcoming marriage. All the cancellations I’ve heard about have been of Sikh women marrying non-Sikh men or men not born into the Sikh religion and I doubt that’s a coincidence.
One might, then, conclude that this issue was about race and the diaspora – but the experience of North America, where nearly a million Sikhs live, says differently.